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UW-RF Welcomes New Faculty, Staff


SEPT. 9, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls welcomed new faculty and staff at its opening meeting marking the start of the 2005-06 school year.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: Agricultural Engineering Technology : Kamal Adam , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.S. Iowa State University, B.A.S. University of Gezira, Sudan; Elbert Sorrell , lecturer, Ed.D. University of Minnesota, M.S., B.S. UW-Stout. Animal and Food Science - Hans Zoerb , lecturer, Ph.D., B.S. UW-Madison, M.A. University of Colorado-Boulder. Plant and Earth Science - Susan Wiegrefe , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.S. UW-Madison, B.S. University of Minnesota-St. Paul. Dean's Office: Lisa Owens , university services program associate.

College of Arts and Sciences: English - Greta Gaard , assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, M.A. Claremont Graduate School, B.A. Pepperdine University; Michelle Parkinson , assistant professor, Ph.D. Purdue University, M.A. and B.A. Utah State University; and Elizabeth Schneider-Rebozo , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. University of Miami, B.A. Northwestern University. History and Philosophy - Roark Atkinson , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. Indiana University, B.A. San Francisco State University; Christopher Simer , lecturer, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, B.A. Beloit College. Journalism - Andris Straumanis , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. University of Minnesota, B.S. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Mathematics - Todd Coleman , lecturer, Ph.D. UW-Madison, B.A. Wittenberg University; Alexandru Tupan , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. Johns Hopkins University, B.S. Bucharest University. Physics - Rellen Hardtke , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. UW-Madison, B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Political Science - Neil Kraus , assistant professor, Ph.D., M.A. State University of New York-Albany, B.A. LaMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y. Speech Communication & Theatre Arts - Evan Johnson , lecturer, M.A. University of Michigan, B.A. St. Olaf College; Linda Short , lecturer, M.S. North Dakota State, B.S. University of Minnesota-Moorhead, B.A. Luther College.

College of Business and Economics: Business Administration - Ricardo Villarreal de Silva , assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin, M.B.A. Texas A&M, B.A. University of the Incarnate Word, Corpus Christi, Texas; Ozcan Kilic , assistant professor, Ph.D. Istanbul University, M.S. Social Science Institute Istanbul, V.A. Istanbul University. Computer Science/Information Systems - Arpankumar Jani , instructional academic staff, Ph.D. University of Minnesota (in progress), Bachelor of Engineering S.P. University, India. Economics - Anna Antus , lecturer, Ph.D., M.Econ. University of Lodz, Locz, Poland, Hogeschool voor Economie, Utrecht, Holland; Thanh Le , lecturer, Ph.D., B.S. University of Minnesota. Dean's Office - Kris Paulson , B.S. University of Minnesota-Mankato. Small Business Development Center - Rebecca DeBehnke, office manager; Steve DeWald , director, M.M. UW-River Falls, B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College.

College of Education and Professional Studies: Communicative Disorders - Elizabeth Troester , assistant professor, Ph.D. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, M.S., B.S. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Counseling and School Psychology - Mark Gillen , assistant professor, Ph.D. University of Arkansas-Fayette, M.S. UW-Stout, B.S. UW-Madison. Health and Human Performance - Dean Culpepper , assistant professor, Ph.D.(in progress), M.Ed. University of Houston, B.S. Berry College, Rome, Ga. Michael Ellefson , lecturer, M.S. North Dakota State University, B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. Social Work - Valerie Penner , lecturer, D.S.W., M.S.W. Yeshiva University, B.S. University of Arizona. Teacher Education - Melissa Lehmann , lecturer, M.S.E. UW-River Falls, B.A. Concordia College; Linda Jagielo , visiting professor, Ph.D. Kent State University, M.Ed. UW-Whitewater, B.S. UW-Stevens Point, B.S. UW-Oshkosh; Kelly Pylkas-Bock , lecturer, M.A. UW-River Falls, B.S. St. Mary's of Minnesota.

Administration: Office of the Chancellor - Don Betz , chancellor, Ph.D, M.A. University of Denver, B.A. University of San Francisco. Vice Chancellor-Administration and Finance - Ken Pazdernik , budget director, M.B.A. UW-Eau Claire, B.A. UW-Platteville. Dean of Students - Blake Fry , dean for student development and campus diversity, Ed.D. (in progress) Oklahoma State University, M.B.A. Avila University, M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A. Wichita State University. Academic Success Center - V Njia Lawrence-Porter , services program manager, M.P.S. Cornell University; B.S. University of Missouri-St. Louis. Accounts Receivable - Mary Miller , financial specialist, B.S. UW-Stout. Admissions - Mary Petersen , program assistant, B.S. Winona State University. Career Services - Melissa Wilson , career counselor, M.S. UW-Oshkosh, B.S. UW-River Falls; McKanna Schumacher , career counselor, M.A.Ed., University of St. Thomas, B.A. UW-Eau Claire. Chalmer Davee Library - Thomas Smisek , associate academic librarian, M.L.S., B.A. University of Minnesota; Heidi Southworth , academic librarian; M.L.S. UW-Milwaukee, M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.A. Minnesota State University-Mankato; Stephanie Zeman , associate academic librarian, J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, B.S. UW-River Falls. Human Resources - Wendy Sader , manager, B.S., UW-Stevens Point. Facilities Management - Bradley Olson , custodian services, B.S., Mankato State University. Information Technology Services, Television Services - Nick Dangeur , instructional program manager, B.A. University of Minnesota; David Hieserich , electronics technician. Office of Financial Aid - Lana Delsart , IS business automation-senior, B.S. Concordia College. Public Safety - Joel Klatt , security officer, B.S. Metropolitan State University. Registrar's Office - Kelly Manthei Browning , DARS coordinator; Janie Huot , program assistant; Yunge Dutton , assistant registrar, B.S. UW-River Falls. Student Services and Programs - Sean Blackburn , associate student services coordinator, M.A.Ed., B.S. Virginia Tech; Gregg Heinselman , executive director student services, M.S. Pittsburg State University, B.S. Northern Arizona University; Karyn Kling , associate student services coordinator; M.S.Ed., B.S. UW-La Crosse; Benjamin Larson , residential services custodian; Lisa Lee , student services and programs custodian; Kurran Sagan , associate student services coordinator; B.S. UW-River Falls; Brent Turner , associate student services coordinator, M.A. Ohio State University, B.A., William and Mary University; Tom Winghart , director of conference services, M.A. Northwest Missouri State University, B.A. UW-Whitewater.

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